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Old 10-13-2012, 12:15 AM   #1
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Just got home from work and my 2nd day of pumpkin ale (with real pumpkin) is exploding out the airlock from my 6 gallon glass primary carboy... What a sticky mess this is. What should I do? I'm afraid to take the cap off the airlock or take the airlock off. I don't want an infection or pumpkin ale everywhere. Any help would be GREATLY appreciated!

 
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:16 AM   #2
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blow off tube

 
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:17 AM   #3
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Make a blow off tube and put it into the bung. Don't worry about infection for the brief time between removing the air lock and putting a blow off onto it.

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Old 10-13-2012, 12:33 AM   #4
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So much CO2 is blowing out there is really no concern if anything getting in, just sanitize a blow off tube set up and your good
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:42 AM   #5
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Wow... Thank god for this awesome beer forum app. You guys rock. Just followed your advice and my situation went from messy and crazy to a clean, stable blow off tube situation.

I stuck it in a bucket of water mixed with a little star san. How long should I now keep this blow off tube set up? Should I leave it like this until secondary? I'm a little disappointed that the pumpkin ale looks so thick and filled with sediments. Has anybody experienced this with pumpkin ale using real pumpkin. My OG was 1.060 I thought that was a little high

 
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Old 10-13-2012, 12:55 AM   #6
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Wow... Thank god for this awesome beer forum app. You guys rock. Just followed your advice and my situation went from messy and crazy to a clean, stable blow off tube situation.

I stuck it in a bucket of water mixed with a little star san. How long should I now keep this blow off tube set up? Should I leave it like this until secondary? I'm a little disappointed that the pumpkin ale looks so thick and filled with sediments. Has anybody experienced this with pumpkin ale using real pumpkin. My OG was 1.060 I thought that was a little high
Have a BDSA in primary now that i KNEW was going to cause me trouble. I always put any beer over .060 in a blow off just to avoid this situation.

Healthy yeast, correct pitch and temperature should almost always cause a blow off IMO ( w/ 3 piece airlocks)

Leave it untill you see activity slow. dont be afraid with switched air locks/blow offs. Its very hard to infect a batch while still fermenting so active and with regards to your sediment comment, was it all grain? Ive had a couple batchs where i drained a lil to much break material in the FV. Just make sure you cold crash or let it sit for 2-3 weeks after vigorous fermentation settles and you hit your FG, you should be fine.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:01 AM   #7
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Have a BDSA in primary now that i KNEW was going to cause me trouble. I always put any beer over .060 in a blow off just to avoid this situation.

Healthy yeast, correct pitch and temperature should almost always cause a blow off IMO

Leave it untill you see activity slow. dont be afraid with switched air locks/blow offs. Its very hard to infect a batch while still fermenting so active and with regards to your sediment comment, was it all grain? Ive had a couple batchs where i drained a lil to much break material in the FV. Just make sure you cold crash or let it sit for 2-3 weeks after vigorous fermentation settles and you hit your FG, you should be fine.
Thanks Johnnyhitch! I feel better now about my situation, I'm gonna put all OG's > 1.060 started in a blow off tube for precaution.

In regards to the sediment, it was a partial mash BIAB of 2-row and real pumpkin. Crazy Krausen right now, trub on bottom and beer looks thick. Maybe I'm over analyzing?

 
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:04 AM   #8
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Have a BDSA in primary now that i KNEW was going to cause me trouble. I always put any beer over .060 in a blow off just to avoid this situation.

Healthy yeast, correct pitch and temperature should almost always cause a blow off IMO ( w/ 3 piece airlocks)

Leave it untill you see activity slow. dont be afraid with switched air locks/blow offs. Its very hard to infect a batch while still fermenting so active and with regards to your sediment comment, was it all grain? Ive had a couple batchs where i drained a lil to much break material in the FV. Just make sure you cold crash or let it sit for 2-3 weeks after vigorous fermentation settles and you hit your FG, you should be fine.
What are the benefits to cold crash? This is only my second batch so sorry for the rookie question

 
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:12 AM   #9
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What are the benefits to cold crash? This is only my second batch so sorry for the rookie question
just realized you used real pumpkin. Ive never done it but ive heard it causes A LOT of smaller material in the bucket if not used in a strainer/hop bag.

Cold crashing is bringing the vessel down to 35* to essentially bring all trub and pumpkin (in your case) out of suspension, also most dead non-active yeast cells. if you dont have a chest freezer or any way of doing this, let your bucket sit for atleast 2 weeks after fermentation stops and FG is reached to let all break material to settle.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:20 AM   #10
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I had an IPA that was quiet for 3 days - got suckered and put in the airlock (replaced the blow off). Then it exploded out through the airlock and I frantically added back the blow off. God I love yeast!

 
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